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SCC Governor's Minority Student College Preparation Program Participants Attend Area Events

The Governors Minority Student College Preparation Program (GMSCPP) at Somerset Community College has been actively participating in recent community and educational-related activities. GMSCPP is a program that was started in 1986 to address the underrepresentation of minority students in postsecondary education. The non-competitive grants are awarded by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) to eight Kentucky universities, as well as Somerset Community College and the other KCTCS institutions, to implement programs that provide academic enrichment activities, present the value and benefits of postsecondary education, help to prepare students to be successful in college-level courses and to persist to graduation.

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Above: Ten students from SCCs Governors Minority Student College Preparation Program (GMSCPP) attended the limited showing of the movie Selma at Somerset Cinema 8.

Many of the young people were unaware of the events which were indicative of the struggle for civil rights and the level of discrimination their grandparents and great-grandparents faced during the early sixties, said Leigh Wilson-Spears, GMSCPP program coordinator.

The students were able to participate in a discussion with a staff member who was in middle school during the time that the events depicted occurred.

Pictured are from left: Anthony Gonzalez Ortiz, Brian Gonzalez Ortiz, Jazlyn Jones, Angelica Hernandez, Leigh Wilson-Spears, Heidi Flores-Quintana, Brianna Lovins Fawley and Yasmin Flores-Quintana. Absent from the photo, but attending were Anaya Wilson and Devyn Wilson.

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Above: Twenty students from the Somerset Community College Governors Minority Student College Preparation Program (GMSCPP) attended Engineering Day at the University of Kentucky . The students observed experiments and demonstrations in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. They competed for prizes, learned how to adapt everyday appliances through engineering, were given information to begin writing their own computer programs and made their own glow sticks. During the program, four students were recognized for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average during the school year. Two of those recognized were from the SCC program. They were Alondra Rosales and Angelica Hernandez. The SCC program is one of the largest GMSCPP programs in the state of Kentucky.

For more information on GMSCPP, contact George Martinez, GMSCPP director, at (606) 451-6698 or Elaine Wilson, SCC director of cultural diversity, at (606) 451-6915.